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Self-Published Teen Romance Novel 'Beautiful Disaster' Heads to Warner Bros.

Author Jamie McGuire's self-published novel "Beautiful Disaster" is getting the big screen treatment through Warner Bros. The studio picked up the rights to the novel, which centers on Abby Abernathy, a girl with a dark past who tries to reinvent herself in college. Her plan go awry.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 2, 2012 1:41 PM
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'Imposter' Bourdin Has Storied Past with Hoodwinked Journalists, Turns to YouTube (VIDEO)

Bart Layton's "The Imposter," which has been doing solid business in New York and opens in Los Angeles on August 3, follows the unbelievable deceptions of one Frederic Bourdin, who impersonated missing Texan child Nicholas Barclay in the mid-'90s, and was taken in by Barclay's family as their abducted son.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 1, 2012 6:10 PM
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Ten Finalists for Scott Free's 'Your Film Festival' Head to Dubai & Venice Fests

Your Film Festival, launched by Ridley Scott's Scott Free Production and YouTube (with Emirates' sponsorship), will present the competition's winning film at this year's Venice Film Festival. Some three million YouTube users voted on fifty films (determined by Scott Free from 15,000 submissions) to narrow down the list to ten finalists...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 1, 2012 3:41 PM
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'Vertigo' Tops New Sight and Sound Top 50 List; '2001: A Space Odyssey' Most Recent in Top Ten

Sight and Sound has posted the results of its latest Top 50 Films of All Time poll, voted on by more global film critics than ever before. (The full story is in the September issue.) "846 critics, programmers, academics and distributors have voted – and the 50-year reign of Kane is over. Our critics’ poll has a new number one." Alfred Hitchcock's "Vertigo" finally supplanted Orson Welles' top-ranked "Citizen Kane," which moved to number 2. (I also voted--my list is here.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 1, 2012 2:23 PM
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River Phoenix's Final Film 'Dark Blood,' Shelved for 19 Years, Finished for Dutch Festival Debut

When actor River Phoenix died of a drug overdose in 1993, the film he was currently shooting, Dutch director George Sluizer's "Dark Blood," was seemingly put on permanent hold. Now, 19 years after he began the project, 80-year-old Sluizer has finished the film and it will premiere at the Netherlands Film Festival in Utrecht on September 27.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 1, 2012 1:57 PM
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New Academy President Hawk Koch Takes Leave of Absence from Running Producers Guild of America

As expected, for the moment Hawk Koch can't run the Producer's Guild of America and the Acdemy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences at the same time. The PGA sent out a statement:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 1, 2012 1:30 PM
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China YOU On Demand Pacts with Hollywood Studios for VOD

China's largest pay-per-view and video-on-demand platform, YOU On Demand, has added Paramount Pictures to its roster of studio partners. Other content suppliers include Warner Bros. Entertainment, Disney Media Distribution, Lionsgate, Miramax Pictures, Magnolia Pictures, Gravitas Ventures, and Film Buff.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 1, 2012 9:00 AM
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Academy Governors Elect Hawk Koch as New AMPAS President

Good-bye to Tom Sherak, who leaves behind his unpaid job as president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, as he has served his full nine years as a Governor. And hello to a new AMPAS president as Tuesday night the Board of Governors elected veteran producer Hawk Koch ("Gorky Park," "Source Code") for his first term.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 31, 2012 11:44 PM
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Steve James' Sports Doc 'Head Games' Coming to Theaters this September [Trailer]

Steve James' documentary "Head Games" has been acquired by Variance Films for a September 21 release. James ("Hoop Dreams," "The Interrupters") looks at the concussion crisis in American sports, and asks the question, “How much of you are you willing to lose for a game?” "Head Games" is inspired by the events in football star and WWE wrestler Christopher Nowinski's book of the same name, and features interviews with him, Bob Costas, Cindy Parlow Cone and Keith Primeau, among others. Trailer and synopsis below.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 31, 2012 4:28 PM
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New Poster for Stop-Motion 'Toys in the Attic,' English-Language Version Stars Whitaker, Cusack & Elwes

Hannover House's English language version of stop-motion Czech film "Toys in the Attic" is heading to theaters September 7. The film, voiced by Forest Whitaker, Joan Cusack and Cary Elwes, and directed by Jiri Barta, was the grand prize winner at the New York International Children's Film Festival. Check out the newly released poster and synopsis below:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 31, 2012 4:27 PM
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